Thank you, friends, for your many prayers for our transition back to Cambodia. The flights were largely uneventful, and we hardly felt the effects of jet lag. Our longer-than-expected time in Phnom Penh was a strange mix of crazy-busy (the usual Phnom Penh tasks of visas, drivers licenses, vaccinations, etc.) and boredom (trying to keep everyone entertained in an inner-city hotel for 2 weeks). The reason for the 2-week stay was that we ended up needing to replace our vehicle.
While in the past, I’ve found car buying in Phnom Penh to be a rather simple, even enjoyable, experience, this time was a bit different since our parameters were so narrow. In a city of 2.3 million, we were looking for the one car (that may well not be an exaggeration at all) that (1) would seat our family, (2) could be insured for a foreigner, and (3) wouldn’t break the bank. Praise the Lord for leading us to that needle in the haystack. We love our new ride and hope it gives us as many reliable KMs as its predecessor did.
Now we’re in a hotel in Stung Treng province, ready to start the house hunt in earnest first thing Monday morning. And again, with our parameters, it feels like the odds are stacked against us in such a small town. Please pray that the Lord would provide a house well suited to the needs and purposes of our family and gospel ministry. The past 1-month+ of living out of suitcases has heightened our love and gratitude for Home. Please pray also for wholeness in heart and body. Hotel fever has struck and the kids, not to mention their parents, are quite antsy. We’ve also had a string of flu-like bugs making their rounds among us.
We have set the Lord before us always: because He is at our right hand, we shall not be shaken.